Cricket, a sport in many countries, is a factor that binds and unites the people of various castes, creeds and sects of India. Be it 1983, 2007 or 2011, the trophies remain celebrated by all with equal zest and enthusiasm, showcasing the spirit and love of India.
The Indian Cricket team has also fulfilled the expectations of millions of fans, winning 5 ICC events in total and giving the country a moment of pride.
India is the only country to win all forms of a World Cup that includes the 60-Over World Cup, the 50-Over World Cup, the Champions Trophy and the t20 World Cup.
The love for the game is evident as the players like Sachin Tendulkar, MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Sourav Ganguly, and the list is endless. The cricket players are not treated any less than gods. People are always praying for their wellbeing, securing runs or taking wickets in every match is a ritual.
Such is the love of cricket in India. People passionately celebrate the victory against arch-rivals Pakistan. It is no less than any festival.
When India won the inaugural 2007 t20 final, defeating Pakistan in a Nailbiter.
People mostly reacted – “Oh! We have won all the matches against Pakistan in every t20 and ODI world cup! It is a cherry on top of a delicious cake.”
Sometimes, everyone’s bias towards Indian cricket gets the best of their senses compelling them to do crazy things. In the 2019 world cup semi-final, a man in Kolkata died from a heart attack when Dhoni got out. In 2007, the Indian team was eliminated from the ODI world cup after suffering convincing losses to Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. People went on the roads burning idols of known cricketers, throwing slippers, shoes and stones outside their houses. It indeed was a humiliating moment for the Indian cricket team and fandom.
To conclude, cricketers are serving the nation for good and respecting all the sentiments. The fans should also understand that cricket is a gentleman’s game and winning and losing is a part of it. And the decisions regarding the game should be taken sportingly when things get tough.